Cryophobia: A persistent fear of cold, including cold weather and cold objects. Sufferers from cryophobia experience anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. To avoid cold, they may live in a warm climate, dress more warmly than necessary, stay indoors on cold days, and avoid cold foods and ice cubes.
This word helps me to understand a puzzlement about Europe in general. Kelly and I are from the South of the USA. We are prone to complain that it a bit nippy if temperatures drop much past 40°F / 4°C. We wear jackets if it is chilly or windy. We don't wear jackets if it is not cold. When we were in CapitalCity, it had warmed up to about 68°F / 20°C. The ladies started wearing miniskirts (because of the warm weather), but everyone still wore super-heavy winter coats. We have brought light jackets this trip and more often than not been too warm (especially when inside). We have been confused - we would have thought that people used to a colder climate would be the ones with less insulation and we would be the ones bundled up. People have repeatedly asked us if we were too cold and been upset that we would freeze to death. This also helps to explain the European aversion to ice in drinks (and the affinity for fizzy drinks served warm).
Today at the orphanage we picked up "Leigha" first. The temperature was 46°F / 8°C - we appreciated our jackets, but we certainly didn't need more than that. The nursery worker suggested we go outdoors with her, which seemed a fine idea. They dressed her in a fleece onesie and a cap. They then put her in a hooded snowsuit (that had arms and legs). She had warm shoes put on her feet. She was then placed inside yet another snowsuit with no legs and more insulation for babies. Yes, Virginia, there is a baby in there somewhere. While we smile at (to our viewpoint) the exaggerated overdressing (even for a baby), we know they are doing it to keep our little one safe and warm.
The playground for this orphanage is very nice. We have continually been impressed by the facilities at this orphanage and the way the staff interact with the children. Here are some pictures of the playground equipment:
|Play Center and Slides|
|Swings and climbing ladders|
|Table, play house, seesaw, swing|
|Stage / Stair trainer|
We put "Aurora" down the slide a few times. She was not sure about the slide. She didn't seem upset or scared, but she wasn't smiling or excited either.